May 21, 2015
“Hold up, Kaz. We haven’t been coaching all season so why start now?”
“What do you call what you were doing on the mound a couple of days ago?”
“A momentary lapse of reason.”
Gil and Kaz hold their ground while Max “Lefty” Ortiz (probably plays the field without a glove; holy cow, what a paw!) gives True a dressing down. Still waiting for True’s rebuttal to the effect of “If it wasn’t for me your skinny ass would have stayed on jayvee all season.” Some pep talk, Max – Milford didn’t score any more runs in the game. Can you pin all that on True too?
Speaking of skinny, is that supposed to be Max asking true to The Bucket in P3? We’re supposed to believe he’s put on 100 pounds or so since the fall?
If all of this leads to True dropping baseball – and this story arc dropping baseball – I’m all for it. Former pushy busybody sports dad Art Standish has been conspicuously absent from this strip for a long time: you’d have thought he’d be raising hell at his son for jeopardizing his meal ticket. We’re also overdue for Boo Radley getting the hubris smacked out of her in some fashion.
May 20, 2015
I’m having a real tough time mentally reconstructing how it would be that Max would slap away the ball from behind True with his left hand. Let’s leave that aside for a moment and consider this:
I don’t watch as much baseball as I used to – Note to WGN programming folks: There is a much higher chance that I will watch a Cubs broadcast than I would a rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos. – but when I did there was one thing that was for sure: for the most part nothing at all is happening in baseball. It’s a great game in many senses but it is also excruciatingly boring. Now, one way to lighten things up and provide a little diversion while the batter backs out of the box for the eighth time to readjust his cup or the pitcher takes a long look over at the runner on first base before half-heartedly lobbing a throw over there, is to see what shenanigans are going on in the dugout. These are highly paid, intensively trained men with pretty much everything on the line and, guess what, they’re giving each other hot feet and soaking each other’s underwear in liniment, on a fairly regular basis.
So, in my typically prolix manner, I say all of that by way of getting to my point. What the hell is wrong with Max and are Gil/Kaz/random unpaid volunteer coach even vaguely aware that there is about to be a fight in the dugout? My answers: Max is a typical Milford Idiot and no, neither Gil nor Kaz are remotely sober enough to register that the game is still ongoing much less that their players may require any sort of supervision.
May 19, 2015
Panel one: Which pose is the most awkward?
Panel two: And ye shall know him by his dimples.
Panel three: When do you suppose True finds the time to practice juggling novelty baseballs?
May 18, 2015
Things aren’t going well at Jefferson. Pitcher Collin LaLonde (who took time off from placing 360-integrated talent in the advertising and marketing space*) is getting shelled by rocket line-drives.
True Standish, in relief of LaLonde, doesn’t make it any better. He seems to be crossing up the catcher. Is that what’s happening?
*Real life LaLonde is an advertising headhunter, like that sleazy Duck Phillips character on Mad Men. Given Milford’s LaLonde’s performance, maybe they should call him Duck.
May 15, 2015
May 16, 2015
Now that I’ve seen the chokehold going on in the Central stands yesterday I can’t unsee it. Makes me wonder if there’s not an entire undercurrent of violence running through the Thorpiverse. Might explain the disappearance of the Thorp kids, to begin with. Anyhoo, on to today’s action…
Well of course we’ve known this was gonna turn into a spring romance plot for about the last week, but getting Owen Wilson to play True just sealed the deal.
Either Amy Lange’s Porcelana treatment is working or she’s layering on the foundation these days. (Come on Whigham, if you’re gonna carry characters across multiple season arcs, at least draw them consistently from one to the next.) No matter, Miss Arthur Radley plans to put some color back into Amy’s skin – black, blue, purple, green…
May 14, 2015
“… he’s a quick study. Good thing, too. I was afraid I was gonna have to coach for more than two panels.”
The devil is in the details today:
– Who knew Kaz had such delicate little feet?
– Three strikes do not make a walk. ;)
– Milford baseball jerseys have the same squared-off neckline that Milford football jerseys do. Anyone know what brand does that? I don’t think it’s Nike – they’ve got that underwire thing going.
– On the other hand Mudlark catching gear doesn’t look quite so modern. I can’t tell if that’s a hockey goalie-style mask propped up on Mike Granger’s head but looks like he’s wearing his soft cap under it, which for catchers I think went away with wool flannel uniforms.
– Beyond Central’s outfield fence lies a forest of car air fresheners.
Next up: Will True also be a quick study of Boo Radley? He probably has Cliffs Notes.
May 13, 2015
Little time to post today (wait, is it tomorrow already?), but I am intrigued by the contrast between the mini-Jack Elrod (James Allen?) softball in panel one and the stunningly detailed baseball closeup in panel three.
Bonus Point: Where are your cuticles, Gil? We can count your arm hairs, but you don’t have cuticles?
May 12, 2015
Folks, I don’t know what is going on here. Is True a Pickup Artist? Is Boo going to intentionally hit opposing batters* because of… wait, what just happened there?
* In case anyone doesn’t remember me saying this about a year ago: I know almost nothing about baseball and softball as they are played in high school.
Bonus point: P2 – That is not how you hold a burger!